SAAGNY Humanitarin of the Year Award
December 2018 New Rochelle, NY.
I’m very honored to be nominated for this year’s SAAGNY Humanitarian of the Year Award. Helping those within my community and industry has always been a rewarding experience for me.
Personally, I volunteer working with senior citizens by being a companion and playing cards with them. I also volunteer and visit an elderly woman when her family is not available so she is not lonely. I am in the final stage of becoming a ‘buddy’ who I will meet with once a month from a local homeless shelter to be a role model and confidant. I had the fortunate opportunity to volunteer at a camp once specializing in helping kids with cancer as well.
I encourage my staff to volunteer within the community or at an organization that has meaning to them by offering them a paid day to spend volunteering once a month in the summer months. I’m also initiating an internal self-development program called Stackable Sensations University. Each employee, in order to graduate, will be required to take a language course (Rosetta Stone), LinkedIn courses, Health and Wellness program and read a book and give an oral presentation of their choice to name a few of their classes.
I do my best to give wherever I can. Monetarily or donations to Disability Matters, Cardinal McCloskey Community Services, JDRF-Diabetes, Make a Wish Foundation as well as local schools and sports teams. Last year during the hurricane that devastated Houston I took a supplier on a shopping trip for new clothes that had lost everything. Many of our larger clients are also ramping up diversity and inclusion clubs and I connect clients that can learn from each other to help everyone achieve their goals.
Within the industry I am an active mentor in Promo Kitchen plus mentor two other distributors (Florida and Canada) helping them with creativity and strategizing. I have been a speaker at the WPEO (Women Presidents’ Educational Organization) meeting in NYC to help businesses get to the next level. We have outlined a section of our new website coming out shortly dedicated to “helping connect” people with resources or contacts they are looking to meet that can help grow their business. Recently I was in Florida seeing a client and after my meeting I met up with my Florida mentees, who are newer to the industry, looking for some guidance on their processes and projects. It was a very productive afternoon for all of us and something I wish I would have been able to have when I started in the industry.
Thank you for this nomination. Every year I’m grateful for being a SAAGNY member and relationships that have come out of it.